Have you noticed all the Westerns lately? They’re sneaking into all sorts of genres. Here’s a sampling:
Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s “Wish Bones“ in Dead Stars and Stone Arches: A Collection of Utah Horror ed by C.R. Langille
Schoonover with her sophisticated plots and character insight has become an auto-buy author for me. In this story, a group of men escort Miss Aramacia Simes to Cedar City for her hanging. She’s wanted for bone craftin’. Their trip doesn’t go well.
T.C. Parker’s Salvation Spring
“A wild plot and Western setting spiced with Parker’s unique style.” (ElleEm, Goodreads) I’m intrigued. It’s on my TBR!
Terry Odell’s In the Crosshairs
Cattle rustling, thunderstorms, and a murder mystery kept me turning pages. (A bit of romance, too!) My favorite Odell to date.
Wile E. Young’s The Magpie Coffin, book 1 in the popular Splatter Western series.
The body count stacks up and there are some scenes that were terrifyingly twisted BUT it was all very fitting of the real American West. (Andrew Robert, Goodreads) Sounds rather bloody!
I’ve saddled up my horse, too. Inspired (or haunted) by the wildfire that marched through our area four months ago, I wrote a Western about a man named Henderson and his encounter with a fire witch. Here’s a snippet:
Inside the church, warm light flowed through the stained glass windows and left dizzying patterns of color on the floor, the altar, and worshippers’ faces. Henderson sat between his wife, Honey, and their daughter, Sue. His trousers were buried under the overflowing ruffles of blue floral (Honey’s) and white eyelet (Sue’s). He couldn’t see his knees.
From there, Henderson’s life takes a decidedly dark turn. Right now, my story is in an acquisition editor’s in-box right now. Good luck, little Western story, good luck!
Today’s feature image is the landscape near our home. Some tree trunks are still black from March’s wildfire, and some of the scrub brush will never come back, but the mesquite and prickly pear are proving tough. It’s pretty in a rugged sort of way… a Western way!